Thomas’ overtime goal salvages victory against Boston College, ACC tournament home game for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Alex Halis walked away dejectedly after his point-blank shot bounced off Boston College goalkeeper Alex Kapp’s fingertips late in the second half. Chris Nanco hung his head after Kapp made a leaping save on a floater to the top of the goal. Korab Syla lay on the ground, clutching his face after his open shot sailed well over the goal in overtime.But with 7:21 left in the second and final overtime, a game that seemingly contradicted Syracuse’s 14-2-1 season suddenly fit into the rest of the narrative.Skylar Thomas broke through a scrum in front of the goal, pumping his fist and running up the SU sideline celebrating his goal that decided a game that close all night.“I can’t even remember much,” Thomas said. “But I think (the ball) came down on my foot, and I just hit it on net, and it went in.”The No. 3 Orange (14-2-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Coast) overcame 12 missed shots and nine unconverted corners in the second half and overtime to win 2-1 over Boston College (5-8-3, 1-6-1) on senior night at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday. The Orange dominated possession and shots in the second half, and it paid off in the game’s waning moments.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is now guaranteed to host an ACC tournament quarterfinal game on Nov. 9, one season after missing the tournament completely.“For us today, it shows a lot of character, a lot of resolve to come back, and it took overtime,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “You may argue that this is one of the bigger wins for our program.“We created a lot of chances tonight, but to get that last one was important.”Boston College got on the board just 11 minutes in when Diego Medina-Mendez sent a shot across the box. The shot missed his teammates, Syracuse defenders, and eventually the hands of goalkeeper Alex Bono as it hit the bottom-left corner of the goal.Mendez, shocked, looked back a moment before raising his arms up in the air.But Syracuse got it back just over 17 minutes later. Right wing Oyvind Alseth got trucked inside the box and moments later Nick Perea was celebrating his penalty kick equalizer.The Orange, facing a deficit for the first time since Sept. 13, had dug its way out. Now it was Syracuse on the offensive, getting every opportunity.It’s second goal seemed like it would be inevitable, but time after time it escaped SU.“Since we haven’t been down, we didn’t know how to react,” Thomas said. “But we reacted properly, we raised our level.”After the first overtime, McIntyre walked out to the field, a smile on his face. He walked up to the individual players walking slowly off the field and started clapping to them.A crowd that had grown accustomed to cheering, whether from the full stands or the hill behind the far side goal had spent a night groaning with missed opportunities.And on SU’s final chance of the night, the roar of the crowd was faint. A mess of players blocked the view of the goal, as the play that unfolded was out of the fans’ sight. But as Thomas emerged, his 6-foot, 3-inch frame escaping every one of his frantic teammates, the cheer became louder and louder.“One word,” Alex Halis used to describe the game. “Heart. We’ve got heart. We fought and we fought. Coach always told us that we’re a second half team, and we proved it tonight. Comments Published on November 1, 2014 at 12:08 am Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets, Albion among teams advancing to playoffs

first_imgBCB/SKYY Vodka 20/20 Cricket TournamentThe Skyy Vodka 20/20 Knock-out Cricket Tournament, organised by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), started last weekend with two matches.Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets defeated Rose Hall Canje by 65 runs, Skeldon continued their impressive start to the 2018 First-Division season by winning by eight wickets while Albion Cricket Club and Upper Corentyne were granted walkovers over West Berbice and Young Warriors respectively after both teams failed to turn up for unknown reasons. Blairmont drew the bye and as such, advanced to the next round as well.At the Rose Hall Canje Ground, the home team won the toss and elected to field. Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets opened with Vidal Crandon and the veteran Jason Sinclair, who added 15 for the first wicket in five overs. The batsmen struggled on a wicket with a lot of preparation moisture, but Andy Naidu (21) and Clinton Pestano (31) batted positively, as Sinclair played the defensive role to remain unbeaten on a carefully constructed 41, which contained just two boundaries. Naidu hit two sixes while national player Pestano hit three huge sixes and two boundaries in his innings as Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets reached 130 for 5 in their 20 overs.Bowling for the home team, K Ramsarran claimed 4 for 24 while left-arm spinner Mark Sampson took 1 for 9 from his four overs. In response, Rose Hall Canje were restricted to 65 all out in 16 overs. Sasenarine Sukhdeo struck 36 to be the only batsman to reach double figures. Sukhdeo hit two sixes and three boundaries in his innings. Shawn Perreira, Eon Hooper, and Keith Simpson each took two wickets for 10, 13 and 14 respectively while Sylus Tyndall, Pestano and Jonathan Rampersaud took one wicket each.At the Number 73 Ground, Tucber Park batted first and reached 111 all out from 10 overs as only Garfield Benjamin (33); K Michael (17); D Talack (14) and Marlon Mickle (12) reached double figures. Bowling for Skeldon, Jermaine Reid had returns of 4 for 5 in his four overs and Sherwin Murray 2 for 25. In response, Skeldon reached 114 for 7, with Charles France top-scoring with 51and he received support from Triston Ramnauth (16) and D Charitar (17). Bowling for Tucber Park, C Tanner took 2 wickets for 18 runs and R Vankenic 2 wickets for 20 runs.BCB President Hilbert Foster stated that he was pleased that the 2018 First-Division season was finally underway and the season would include the Patron’s Cup, Skyy Vodka 20/20, Pepsi 50-Overs, Busta 40-Overs, Brian Ramphal Double Wicket and one more tournament. He called on Clubs to get themselves in order and stated that those who could not follow the new sets of rules would be left behind as the Cricket Board was enforcing a no-nonsense attitude towards discipline and the behaviour of First-Division teams.last_img read more